Carillion collapse raises job fears

Carillion collapse raises job fears

Image copyright Carillion Construction giant Carillion is to go into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. The move came after talks between the firm, its lenders and the government failed to reach a deal to save the UK’s second biggest construction company. Carillion ran into trouble after losing money on big contracts and running up huge […]

Hard Brexit ‘would cost Scots £12.7bn’

Hard Brexit ‘would cost Scots £12.7bn’

Image copyright PA Scotland’s economy could be £12.7bn a year worse off under a so-called hard Brexit, according to analysis by the Scottish government. The figure is contained in a paper on the impact of UK withdrawal from the European Union. It calculates the cost to Scotland of the UK leaving the single market with […]

UKIP leader splits with partner after Meghan Markle texts

UKIP leader splits with partner after Meghan Markle texts

Media captionLeader of UKIP tells Today Jo Marney views not in line with her ‘core beliefs’ UKIP leader Henry Bolton says he has ended his relationship with his girlfriend after she reportedly made racist comments about Meghan Markle. He said their romance was “obviously quite incompatible” with his role as party leader but he had […]

Barry McElduff has resigned as MP for West Tyrone

Barry McElduff has resigned as MP for West Tyrone

Image copyright RTÉ Image caption Barry McElduff announcing his resignation as an MP on Monday The MP for West Tyrone, Barry McElduff, has resigned. The Sinn Féin MP has been embroiled in controversy since posting an online video on the anniversary of the Kingsmills massacre. Mr McElduff said he was resigning as a result of […]

Developing countries warned UK could cut foreign aid

Developing countries warned UK could cut foreign aid

Media captionPenny Mordaunt says countries need to be encouraged to invest in themselves The UK could cut its aid to developing countries that fail to invest in their own people, the international development secretary has said. Penny Mordaunt told the Daily Telegraph she “won’t invest” when others should put “their hands in their pockets”. The […]

Carillion crisis: Creditors due to hold Whitehall talks

Carillion crisis: Creditors due to hold Whitehall talks

Image copyright Reuters Carillion’s key creditors are due to meet government officials on Monday in a last ditch bid to prevent the construction giant’s collapse. It comes as the chairman of a key group of MPs says there may need to be an inquiry into how public contracts are awarded to companies like Carillion. Labour […]

UKIP leader ‘won’t quit’ over partner’s Meghan Markle texts

UKIP leader ‘won’t quit’ over partner’s Meghan Markle texts

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Bolton took over as UKIP leader in September UKIP leader Henry Bolton has said he will not stand down, despite calls for his resignation over racist comments reportedly made by his girlfriend. Jo Marney apologised in the Mail on Sunday for saying black people were ugly and Prince Harry’s […]

Scottish Labour MP Hugh Gaffney ‘heckled over weight and accent’

Scottish Labour MP Hugh Gaffney ‘heckled over weight and accent’

Image copyright Hugh Gaffney / Twitter Image caption Hugh Gaffney attracted attention for wearing his old work shirt on his first day as an MP A Labour MP has claimed he was subjected to slurs over his weight and Scottish accent during Commons debates. Hugh Gaffney, who was elected in June last year, said he […]

Scrap ‘tens of thousands’ migration target, MPs urge

Scrap ‘tens of thousands’ migration target, MPs urge

Image copyright Getty Images The government should drop its target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands, a group of MPs has said. Failure to meet it “undermines” public trust, the Home Affairs Committee argued, and instead, immigration policies should consider the UK’s needs “and humanitarian obligations”. The MPs also said fears about […]

Women urged to share sexual harassment experiences

Women urged to share sexual harassment experiences

Image copyright Getty Images Women and girls are being asked to share their experiences of sexual harassment in public places, as the government launches a new inquiry. The Women and Equalities committee’s investigation follows widespread allegations in the UK and the US. It will shine a spotlight “on a problem that seems to be so […]